Raising Resilient Children & Youth in Modern Society: May 30th

posted Apr 25, 2016, 12:10 PM by Diana Devine   [ updated May 2, 2016, 8:34 AM by School Websites ]

Raising Resilient Children and Youth in Modern Society: Why It’s Hard Being a Parent These Days

Dr. Michael Cheng

Staff Psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Monday May 30, 2016

Mother Teresa High School

440 Longfields Drive, Nepean                              

Learning Commons (second floor)

6:00- 7:30 p.m.


            Dr. Michael Cheng (Staff Psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario), helps children, youth and families with problems such as depression and anxiety.  Dr. Cheng works on 
eMentalHealth.ca, a website that provides mental health information for families and professionals, and is he also an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa.

Modern society and technology has transformed our lives, and we benefit in many ways. Many of us struggle with mental health issues and we are realizing that modern society and technology has not necessarily made us happier than before.

What do people really need to be happy and resilient? Studies show that the most important resiliency factor for child/youth mental health is feeling deeply connected to caring adults, i.e. feeling loved no matter what, i.e. unconditional acceptance, empathy and validation. Other resiliency factors include a connection to spirituality and nature. 

The problem with modern society is that they we often end up feeling distracted by technology or disconnected from things that truly matter.  The good news is that it is not too late... There are many things we can do as individuals and as a society to “unplug and reconnect”. We can teach our children self-regulation strategies.

Please join us to learn about ways to support your child's well being at home and at school.